President Paul Kagame has expressed gratitude that Africa has finally received the first jabs of COVID-19 Vaccines from the Global Access (COVAX), a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and others.
Kagame made the remark on Wednesday afternoon hours after Rwanda received 240,000 shots. The second consignment with 102,960 jabs of the Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in the evening.
Kenya and Rwanda have received their first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX initiative. Kenya has received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccines.
“It’s been long wait, some better prepared and more ready,” Kagame said on twitter, adding that, ” … not to mention some ‘more equal than others’ BUT certainly all of us in urgent NEED.”
He said that “Now good news to see #COVID19 Vaccines arrive in Africa starting with Ghana…this morning in Rwanda and more. Thanks, COVAX.’
According to the Rwanda government, a vaccination plan scheduled for rollout on Friday will see target risk groups across the country receive their first of two vaccine doses.
The target is to vaccinate 30% of the population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022,” the government said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Uganda government said, it is scheduled to receive its first Covid-19 vaccine consignment on Friday and will start vaccinating people against Covid-19 next Wednesday on March 10.
Uganda’s first batch of the COVID-19 jabs will comprise of 864,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine through the scheme.
Akufo-Addo urged people to get inoculated and not to believe conspiracy theories casting doubt on the programme, which will see some 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rolled out nationwide on Tuesday.